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Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Omicron variant may be even more contagious than Delta

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus is of special concern.

Covid booster shots available for those age 18 and up

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for those over the age of 18 ...

Department of Health encourages residents to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, authorized Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster doses
Human Interest
INDIANTOWN — The Indiantown Village Hall’s new address is 15516 S.W. Osceola St. The move away from the shared Martin County Indiantown Branch Office was completed Sept. 24.

Village of Indiantown invests in infrastructure

Indiantown Village Council recently prioritized multiple infrastructure projects for the fiscal year 2022.
Denim & Diamonds Gala table setting with a favorite honeybun for everyone, courtesy of Nicholas.

Chamber hosts Denim & Diamonds Gala

The Indiantown Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Denim and Diamonds Gala, a fundraiser for the Nicholas Batchelor Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Mayor Hernandez and the Village council present Hunger Action Month Proclamation to the Treasure Coast food bank representative. Pictured from left to right: Councilmember Anthony Dowling, Treasure Coast food bank representative Ruby Aguirre, Mayor Janet Hernandez, Councilmember Jackie Gray Clarke and Councilmember Susan Gibbs-Thomas.

Indiantown Declares September 2021 Hunger Action Month

Indiantown’s mayor, Janet Hernandez, proclaimed September 2021 Hunger Action Month and Sept. 17, Hunger Action Day.
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Community News

Operation Santa Letters connects donors with needy children

Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season.

PACE aims at improving Indiantown’s health

PACE aims to improve Indiantown's overall health and well-being.

Celebrate the spirit of giving back through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Holiday Online Auction

Celebrate the holidays and the spirit of giving back to the community through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Holiday Online Auction.
Government
The USPS is warning of new scam involving text messages.
The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will meet Nov. 10...
Senator Marco Rubio released a video message ahead of this weekend’s end of Daylight Saving Time, which forces Americans to change their clocks twice a year ...
Schools

IRSC alumnae Sabby Hightower earns LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award

With an undergraduate career filled with what could have been insurmountable obstacles Sabby Hightower persevered ...

Advanced Workforce Training Complex named in honor of Eastman family

Indian River State College’s newest building will be named for engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Richard H. Eastman...
Wildlife & Environment

FAU seeks volunteers for algae study

Florida has experienced numerous harmful algal blooms in recent years.

UF/IFAS awarded $100K grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry

Shellfish like clams and oysters can help restore ocean health ...

2020 Wading bird study reveals mixed success for iconic Florida species

White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbills had a successful nesting season in 2020, but many other species failed when an early-arriving rainy season impacted...
Opinion
A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?”
Deep-frying a turkey is a great way to get a delicious, moist meal for Thanksgiving; but this method of cooking can be a very dangerous undertaking. Every fall, millions of dollars of damage, trips to the emergency room and even deaths result from attempts to deep-fry turkeys.
The tale of mRNA vaccines begins in the 1990s.
Weather
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
 Hurricanes bring excessive rain. When heavy rains bring flooding to an area, your private well may not be safe to drink.
Nation & World

Honduran election could oust long-ruling National party

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hondurans voted Sunday for a successor to deeply unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernández in elections that could oust his National Party after 12 years in …

In Iraq, family mourns daughter who drowned crossing to UK

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Snow globes, teddy bears and makeup brushes — these were the trinkets left behind in northern Iraq by Maryam Nouri who perished this week along with at least 26 others in an …

Israeli president celebrates Hanukkah at West Bank site

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s president on Sunday visited one of the most contentious spots in the occupied West Bank to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, sparking scuffles between …

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a …
State

Police: Endangered Florida teen may be in North Carolina

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old South Florida girl may have been kidnapped and taken to North Carolina by someone she met in an online video game, police said Sunday. North Miami …

Chief: Officer fatally shoots man suspected of vehicle theft

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Police officers responding to a call about vehicle thefts on Sunday morning fatally shot one of the supects, officials said. Coral Gables police officers arriving at …

Man killed after pulling gun on 2 officers on Interstate 4

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Police officers in central Florida fatally shot a man ...

Program working to make Pinellas teaching force more diverse

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Growing up in Broward County, Triston Williams had his heart set on a sports-based future. He played football at Miramar High, and considered himself an athlete. If …
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